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Friday, November 10, 2017

Finally the Thor Movie We All Wanted

Thor: Ragnarok delivers

I’ve enjoyed the Marvel superhero movies over the years, but many have noted that the studio seems to be stuck in a rut with their films, following the same template over and over again. To be fair, there have been some great films (particularly the first two Captain America movies) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but so far there have been no real stakes because we know the heroes are going to be back for another adventure. And while the DC films from Warner Brothers have been criticized for being too unrelentingly dark and violent, the Marvel films have kept things bright and colorful, but outside of a little humor here and there, these films have been serious affairs as well.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Exquisite Horror

Ignore the cheesy title, Happy Death Day is perfection

There are a handful of people and companies that churn out low-budget horror films. James Wan, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse productions, and the folks at Platinum Dunes are the most prominent, and of that group and their high-profile titles, Platinum Dunes cannot hold a candle to the others even with the backing of Micahel Bay, churning out one cookie-cutter film after another and disparaging 80s classics like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Hills Have Eyes. Wan struck gold with the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, while Blumhouse is behind a host of original horror films including Get Out, Split, The Visit, Ouija, The Purge and... the Insidious films.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Tennis Tempest

Battle of the Sexes brings back the 70s in style

In 1973, the world tuned in to a TV spectacle – a tennis match. But not any old tennis match, this was one for the ages, the match that would prove once and for all that men were better than women that was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” There were actually two of these matches in 1973, although the one that is the focus of the new movie Battle of the Sexes was the one that was a worldwide TV event (although the first one is also depicted in the movie).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

A bold new take on the action-spy film

Back in February 2014, 20th Century Fox released Kingsman: The Secret Service, a bold new take on the action-spy film, almost a modern version of the classic Bond films with eye-popping visuals, great action and music, irreverent humor, and a cast of mostly unknown actors (at least stateside) lead by Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson (that film also gave Sofia Boutella her first major screen role). Of course the scene that got people talking, and probably contributed to the film’s success, was the amazingly choreographed fight scene with Firth and a horde of people locked inside a church which, shockingly, ended with his character Harry Hart, aka Galahad (his Kingsman code name), shot in the head, right through the left eye. As Hart was truly the heart of the film, one had to wonder how they could do a sequel without him.

Friday, September 15, 2017

‘It’ knows what Scares you

Stephen King pushes red buttons

In 1986, Stephen King’s 18th novel was released set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine – a place King would return to in three subsequent novels. In 1990, ABC aired a two-part, four-hour miniseries that garnered good reviews, big ratings, and has become a cult classic, making Tim Curry an overnight sensation, 15 years after becoming an overnight sensation from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That novel and miniseries was It and now the movie has finally made its way to the big screen where it can delve a little deeper into King’s novel than a TV movie ever could (but some of the seriously messed up stuff from the book was still a bit much for the film, and for good reason... we’ll just leave it at that).

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